Well, the day is finally here!!!
Meet Eunice!!! She's an APQS Ultimate 1 long arm...and I'm in love! :)
Our day started about 5am - well, MY day started about 5am! I woke up, dressed, did hair and makeup and then cleaned house for a bit getting ready. Got the little baby ready as she had to make the drive with us, and by 8am we were on the road.
We drove nearly two hours away to pick the long arm up. It was a LONG drive!! More because of the excitement and nervousness than anything else. Took a little over an hour to get everything apart and loaded...and then the return home...another two hours!!!
It was a bit scary to see her all in pieces...thank goodness for my Husband's Uncle - he ran the show!! If not for him we'd have been done in! My wonderful Husband also gave up his first day off in weeks to devote to me and my long arm - aren't I blessed?
The picture below literally sums up my life!!! The long arm - and a BABY GATE!!!
Pretend like you don't see that dresden plate quilt back there...hahaha...it's supposed to be a surprise! LOL*
Yay!!! All put together!!! It was about 2pm before we got everything set up...lots of fiddling...running to youtube for help videos...and then bazzaaaaam!!! I loaded a teeny tiny practice piece. (I loaded it totally wrong too! Hahaha!)
Below are some of my first stitches. The bobbin thread is orange and I have tan in the top - I had to loosen up the bobbin tension just a hair - no tan on bottom and no orange on top...not too bad!
Here's my second practice piece which is more like baby quilt size. If you click on the picture you can see some of my wonky attempts at feathers. I have tested long arms before buying this but you just can't really let loose until it's YOURS. Nobody was going to get mad at me for breaking thread or doing something wrong. I did have a few thread breaks but they were good - I learned what NOT to do. Lol*
Really - this is A LOT like la sewing machine...but totally different at the same time. Kind of like...a car sewing machine. Hahaha! It's big machinery like a car with sewing machine functions. It's really fascinating!! I noticed it's REALLY touchy when it comes to glide and movement. I still have a bit of a boxy thing going on...it requires this almost bouncy dancing like movement to get the machine head to move in a flowing way rather than a boxy way. The head moves on a track back and forth and then another track side to side. There is this point when moving the head where you almost "bounce" it into the right shape. I can imagine the ONLY way I will master this is to build up arm muscles in places that I never had them before. It isn't a strenuous movement but it's definitely a different one.
I had a few moments of nervousness, intimidation, a teensy bit of apprehension. But I reminded myself I am itching to learn this so I just forced myself to lose fear and make it work. So far I'm having a ball!!! Tomorrow more practice and then I think I might dive into a quilt. Won't be fancy - likely stars and swirls hahaha, but still, I'm just going to practice night and day until I get this thing! :)
My feet and back and whole body are killing me so I'm off to bed. A friend is bringing her Grandma by for some sewing help so I have another early morning! :)